Minimal fire activity will allow for transition to Type 3 Team [VIDEO]

Minimal fire activity will allow for transition to Type 3 Team [VIDEO]

Fire managers are pleased with the progress so far. The fire is currently in mop up stage and containment has risen to 63%. This success shows that the hard work is paying off.

Minimal fire activity is expected today and unburned islands of fuel in the interior will continue to smolder and produce light smoke periodically. Firefighters will continue to focus on mop up operations along the perimeter and will begin removing excess equipment and supplies from secure portions of the fireline. Air resources are available to assist with bucket drops, should that be necessary.

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Warmer and drier conditions continue to play a role in the Ward fire [VIDEO]

Warmer and drier conditions continue to play a role in the Ward fire [VIDEO]

Predicted flare up activity during the day kept firefighters busy on Tuesday. Crews achieved good successes on some sections, reinforcing control lines. As a result, several engines and crews will be reassigned today from more secure parts of the line to some of the more challenging areas. In the eastern section, there are still many islands of green, unburned areas inside the fire perimeter, which take longer to secure.

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Work not yet finished, 'We are still dealing with a fire'

With the warmer, drier weather yesterday, there were several flare-ups during the day and overnight inside of the perimeter of the Ward Fire, where residual hot spots ignited drying grass and brush. Flare-ups such as these are common with the current weather conditions and are a vivid reminder that work on this fire is not yet finished. “We are still dealing with a fire,” said Mitch Williams, Field Night Operations.

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Night crews prep fire line for day crew reinforcement

Night crews prep fire line for day crew reinforcement

Favorable weather conditions helped crews continue to make solid progress yesterday. John Pellissier, Operations Section Chief, summed it up during the briefing as night shift firefighters prepared to go out. “Today we had a good day of work, building off good work last night”.

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Ward Fire holds thanks to firefighters and cooler than normal temperatures

Ward Fire holds thanks to firefighters and cooler than normal temperatures

Over 350 firefighters are now working to further strengthen fire lines on the Ward Fire located 13 miles southwest of Keno, Oregon along the Klamath River Canyon near the Oregon-California border.

The 1301-acre fire was started by lightening last Friday when a severe thunderstorm passed over the area. The fire instantly started growing due to topography and winds.

Containment is now 24%

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Minimal Growth on the Ward Fire overnight [VIDEO]

Minimal Growth on the Ward Fire overnight [VIDEO]

The Ward Fire has had minimal growth since yesterday due to the moist and cool conditions and effective dozer lines built directly against the burning perimeter on the northern flank of the fire. Last night, firefighters worked to mop up 30 feet in on the fireline in the northwest flank of the fire. Crews also worked to install hose lays along the completed dozer line on the northeast portion.

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Ward Fire burns over 1300 acres

Ward Fire burns over 1300 acres

The Ward Fire started early afternoon August 9th, 2019 when a lightning storm came through the area. The fire instantly started running and spotting, aided by topography and winds. Crews from ODF and BLM along with Green Diamond timber company rapidly responded.

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Keep it legal and keep it safe

Keep it legal and keep it safe

There are many options available for the purchase of legal fireworks in the Klamath Basin. Gone are the days with a stand on every corner - However, there are several booths and stands used as fundraisers for civic organizations, sports teams, clubs, and more.

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Wyden Presses Forest Service on Misguided Policy Change, Backlog of Wildfire Prevention Projects in Oregon [VIDEO]

Wyden Presses Forest Service on Misguided Policy Change, Backlog of Wildfire Prevention Projects in Oregon [VIDEO]

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today raised serious concerns about a new U.S. Forest Service proposal to gut environmental rules for forest management projects at a time when there’s a serious backlog of wildfire prevention work.

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Draft Wolf Plan available for review

Draft Wolf Plan available for review

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recently released its draft proposed Wolf Conservation and Management plan for public review. The Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to vote on the Plan at its June 7 meeting in Salem.

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Many Oregon Highways Remain Closed Following the Latest Storm

Many Oregon Highways Remain Closed Following the Latest Storm

Following the latest series of storms, several major highways are still closed throughout Oregon. Crews from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Pacific Power have been working through the night to clear roadways.

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Merkley, Wyden Announce Millions for Oregon to Fight Homelessness

Merkley, Wyden Announce Millions for Oregon to Fight Homelessness

Nearly $3 million will help organizations statewide provide supportive services to help people out of homelessness
[No monies allocated for Klamath or Lake Counties]

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced nearly $3 million in Continuum of Care grants across the state, providing resources to help house and provide supportive services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

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Crater Lake Closed, Enter at Own Risk

Crater Lake Closed, Enter at Own Risk

It was a beautiful blue sky day at Crater Lake, but it was far from business as usual in the park. The junction of Highway 62 and Munson Valley Road inside Crater Lake National Park resembled more like a parking lot at a snow park than that of an entrance to one of the best parks of the National Parks System.

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Indoor Clean Air is a Priority, Too

Indoor Clean Air is a Priority, Too

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – It’s the time of year when woodstove users check the daily air quality advisory. However, there is a year-round Klamath County Public Health indoor clean air commitment.

The Indoor Clean Air Act (ICAA) protects all Oregonians from the harms of secondhand smoke. Also known as the Smoke-free Workplace Law, the ICAA creates smoke free public places and places of employment with the intent of protecting the health of employees and the public. Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, including in Oregon.

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Winter Fees and Road Closures at Crater Lake National Park

Winter Fees and Road Closures at Crater Lake National Park

CRATER LAKE, OR – On November 1st, the park will begin charging its winter entrance fee.  The fee is $15 per car or motorcycle and $10 per person. It is good for 7 days, and will be collected at the Annie Creek Entrance Station or the backcountry office at park headquarters. 

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New Pacific Salmon Treaty Agreement to Ensure Sustainable Management of Region’s Iconic Fish

New Pacific Salmon Treaty Agreement to Ensure Sustainable Management of Region’s Iconic Fish

SALEM, Ore.—The parties to the Pacific Salmon Treaty have agreed on new coast-wide salmon fishing agreements under the Treaty. The Pacific Salmon Commission is comprised of representatives from Canada, the states of Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, and Northwest and Columbia River Treaty Tribes. Commissioners from the United States and Canada will now forward the agreements to their respective governments for approval.

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Red Flag Warning Today [8/16/18] for Abundant Lightning

Red Flag Warning Today [8/16/18] for Abundant Lightning

RED FLAG WARNING in effect from 11:00am this morning to 11:00pm this evening for portions for fire weather zones 617, 623, 624, and 625 for abundant lightning on dry fuels.

Main areas impacted will be near the Cascade crest from Crater Lake northward and east of Toketee Falls, then eastward across northern Klamath and Lake Counties down to about Hart Mountain Wildlife Refuge.

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Wildfire Update: Peninger Fire - Body Found in Fire Perimeter

Wildfire Update: Peninger Fire - Body Found in Fire Perimeter

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives are conducting a death investigation in an area burned in Tuesday’s Peninger Fire.  Investigators have not yet concluded whether the person died before or during the fire.

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SOS Richardson Releases Advisory Report of SNAP Fraud Investigations

SOS Richardson Releases Advisory Report of SNAP Fraud Investigations

Salem, OR — Today, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson released an advisory report detailing the work of the Oregon Audits Division in using data analytics to assist with fraud investigations in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

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2018 Fire Season Goes Into Effect

2018 Fire Season Goes Into Effect

Present warming and drying weather conditions have prompted fire officials in Klamath and Lake Counties to declare fire season beginning Friday, June 8th, 2018 at 1201 A.M. on lands protected by the Klamath-Lake District, Oregon Department of Forestry. This affects all private, county, and state forest lands, as well as those Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands west of the Gerber Reservoir Area in Klamath County. 

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